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A marriage of mutual interests in Myanmar-China Relations

Nehginpao Kipgen (Professor and Executive Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University)

Historically, Myanmar-China relations are based on five principles of peaceful coexistence, known as Panchsheel: mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and cooperation for mutual benefit, and peaceful co-existence.

The bilateral relations are also largely shaped by a shared border of about 2,204 kilometers. Moreover, about 3% of Myanmar’s estimated over 54 million people are Chinese.

The relations between the two nations have largely been cordial and peaceful. In the past couple of years (2017-18), the bilateral relations have been further strengthened by two major issues – the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) and the….(for fulltext, please download AI-08)

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen is a Professor and Executive Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University, India. He can be reached via: nkipgen@jgu.edu.in

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